Videos About Colorectal Cancer

The list below shows videos about colorectal (colon) cancer that have been posted on CDC’s YouTube channel.

Television Public Service Announcements

These public service announcements (PSAs) were developed by the Screen for Life campaign for organizations and individuals to share with local media. They explain the facts about colorectal cancer and why screening is important for people who are 50 years old or older. To request video files, please contact CDC-INFO.

Community Garden

This video discusses who should get screened at what age, how screening helps prevent colorectal cancer, and screening test options. A 30-second version is also available.

Photo of Meryl Streep

In this public service announcement, actress Meryl Streep urges viewers to get screened for colorectal cancer. Other versions available: 30 seconds version A, 30 seconds version B, 20 seconds, and “Behind the Scenes” (1:07).

Photo of Terrence Howard
In this public service announcement, actor and musician Terrence Howard urges Americans to be screened for colorectal cancer.
This Is Personal

Actor and musician Terrence Howard talks about how his mother’s death from colon cancer affected his whole family. Other versions available: 30 seconds and “Behind the Scenes.”

Diane Keaton

Actress Diane Keaton talks about her grandmother’s death from colorectal cancer and vows “to do everything possible to stay alive for as long as I can … in good health.” Other versions available: 30 seconds, 20 seconds, and 15 seconds.

Jimmy Smits

Set in a movie screening room, actor Jimmy Smits explains how a different kind of screening—for colorectal cancer—saves lives. Other versions available: 30 seconds and 20 seconds.

Videos by Cancer Survivor Joan Lunden

Your Health with Joan Lunden and CDC
Joan Lunden encourages adults ages 50 and over to talk to their doctor to determine the right screening test for colorectal cancer.
Your Health with Joan Lunden and CDC
Joan Lunden discusses about the effects of knowing family history and early detection in preventing colorectal cancer.

For Health Care Providers

These videos are part of the continuing education activity Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality.

David Lieberman, MD
Part 1 of the Endoscopist Version CME includes basic information about colorectal cancer and screening, factors that affect when and how patients should be screened, and detailed screening and surveillance guidelines based on personal and family history.
David Lieberman, MD
Part 2 of the Endoscopist Version CME focuses on colonoscopy and includes pre-procedure considerations for ensuring that colonoscopy is appropriate, ways to achieve good bowel preparation, the elements required for complete reporting, effective communication with referring providers and patients, and monitoring quality indicators to improve performance.
Richard Wender, MD
Part 1 of the Primary Care Version CME includes basic information about colorectal cancer and screening, factors that affect when and how patients should be screened, and detailed screening and surveillance guidelines based on personal and family history.
Richard Wender, MD
Part 2 of the Primary Care Version CME focuses on why stool blood testing should be offered to patients and the elements of high-quality stool testing, such as selecting an effective test, identifying eligible patients, communicating with patients effectively, high-quality test handling and processing, and ensuring high test completion rates and follow-up after abnormal test results.
David Lieberman, MD
Part 3 of the Primary Care Version CME describes the role of the primary care provider in delivering high-quality colonoscopy, such as pre-procedure risk assessment, safety issues to report to the endoscopist, guidance on bowel preparation and sedation, interpreting the endoscopy report, appropriate follow-up for incomplete exams, and questions to ask the endoscopist to be sure he or she is providing high-quality exams.